Eligible Recipients
Project Areas
Available Funds
How to Apply
Approval Procedures
Miscellaneous Requirements
Flow Chart of GGP

April, 1997


The Japanese Government offers a financial assistance program for development projects designed to meet the diverse needs of developing countries. Known as "Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP)"*, this scheme supports projects proposed by various bodies such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local government authorities. The GGP program has acquired an excellent reputation because it provides flexible and timely support to development projects at the grassroots level.

This site outlines the objectives, procedures, and other requirements for obtaining assistance under the GGP scheme.

* Previously known as Small Scale Grant Assistance (SSGA)


The GGP program provides non-refundable financial assistance to NGOs, hospitals, primary schools, research institutes and other non-profit associations, to help implement their development projects.

The availability of GGP funding in each eligible country provides Japanese ODA with a new means of cooperation that has a direct impact on the well-being of grassroots communities.

Eligible Recipients

Any type of non-profit organization can be a GGP recipient. The only requirement is that it be a non-profit organization implementing development projects at the grassroots level in eligible countries.

The following are examples of potential recipients: international or local NGOs (of any nationality), hospitals, primary schools, research institutions, and other non-profit associations.

Project Areas

1) As long as a development project is geared towards grassroots assistance, it can be eligible for financing under the GGP scheme. However, particular attention is given to projects in the following areas:

Some examples (not an exhaustive list) of eligible projects are:

Particular attention is also given to projects which involve women in development activities.

2) Priority areas may be determined by the Embassy of Japan in each eligible country, according to the development needs of that country.

Available Funds

GGP funds are provided after an examination and evaluation of each application on an annual project-by-project basis.

The grant amount per project generally cannot exceed US$100,000 . Even in the few exceptional cases, the maximum grant amount is less than US$200,000. Prospective applicants should note that the following budget items cannot be financed: salaries, fuel, travel expenses, per diem charges, and other administrative and operating costs of the organization.

Nativi Suspension Bridge Construction Project (Fiji, 1989).

Program to provide motorized pumps for agriculture (Senegal, 1993).

Project to bulid extensions to the Nanjing School for Hearing and Speech Disabled (China, 1993).

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